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Athletics at the 1952 Helsinki Summer Games:

Men's 100 metres

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Host City: Helsinki, Finland
Venue(s): Helsinki Olympic Stadium, Helsinki
Date Started: July 20, 1952
Date Finished: July 21, 1952

Gold: USA Lindy Remigino
Silver: JAM Herb McKenley
Bronze: GBR McDonald Bailey

Summary

At the beginning of the Olympic year, there were three favorites among the Americans – Andy Stanfield, Art Bragg, and Jim Golliday. But Golliday was injured early in the year and did not make the Olympic team. Stanfield opted out of the 100, although he would make the team and win a gold medal in the 200. Bragg was joined on the US team by outsiders Lindy Remigino and Dean Smith. Their biggest opposition was felt to come from Jamaica’s Herb McKenley and Britain’s McDonald Bailey. The final in Helsinki is probably the closest mass finish in Olympic 100 metre history. Bragg did not make the final, but Smith, Remigino, McKenley, and Bailey were joined by Vladimir Sukharev of the USSR, and John Treloar of Australia. Remigino got out to an early lead but McKenley came on strong at the end and it was difficult to tell who had won. But McKenley’s fast finish saw him pass Remigino in the metres after the line, leading many observers to think the Jamaican had won. The photo finish was necessary to separate the runners, with Remigino winning gold, McKenley silver, and Bailey bronze. Smith, Sukharyev, and Treloar finished 4-6. The first four finishers were credited with 10.4 and Sukharyev and Treloar 10.5, but the auto times showed a margin of only 0.12 seconds between 1st (10.79) and last (10.91).

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Lindy Remigino 21 United States USA Gold
2 Herb McKenley 30 Jamaica JAM Silver
3 McDonald Bailey 31 Great Britain GBR Bronze
4 Dean Smith 20 United States USA
5 Vladimir Sukharev 28 Soviet Union URS
6 John Treloar 24 Australia AUS
4 h1 r3/4 Lavy Pinto 22 India IND
4 h2 r3/4 Rafael Fortún 32 Cuba CUB
5 h1 r3/4 Alain Porthault 22 France FRA
5 h2 r3/4 William Jack 21 Great Britain GBR
6 h1 r3/4 Art Bragg 21 United States USA
6 h2 r3/4 Theo Saat 24 Netherlands NED
4 h1 r2/4 Muhammad Aslam 30 Pakistan PAK
4 h2 r2/4 Étienne Bally 29 France FRA
4 h3 r2/4 Werner Zandt 24 Germany GER
4 h4 r2/4 Tomio Hosoda 26 Japan JPN
5 h1 r2/4 Byron LaBeach 21 Jamaica JAM
5 h2 r2/4 Hans Wehrli 25 Switzerland SUI
5 h3 r2/4 Romeo Galán 19 Argentina ARG
5 h4 r2/4 György Csányi 30 Hungary HUN
6 h2 r2/4 Alan Lillington 19 Great Britain GBR
6 h3 r2/4 David Tabak 24 Israel ISR
6 h4 r2/4 Carlo Vittori 21 Italy ITA
AC h1 r2/4 Angel Kolev 26 Bulgaria BUL
3 h1 r1/4 Gabriel Laryea 28 Ghana GHA
3 h2 r1/4 Paul Dolan 25 Ireland IRL
3 h3 r1/4 Mikhail Kazantsev 24 Soviet Union URS
3 h4 r1/4 Levan Sanadze 23 Soviet Union URS
3 h5 r1/4 Emil Kiszka 25 Poland POL
3 h6 r1/4 Willy Schneider 22 Switzerland SUI
3 h7 r1/4 Muhammad Sharif Butt 26 Pakistan PAK
3 h8 r1/4 Franco Leccese 27 Italy ITA
3 h9 r1/4 Don McFarlane 21 Canada CAN
3 h10r1/4 Titus Erinle 25 Nigeria NGR
3 h11r1/4 René Bonino 22 France FRA
3 h12r1/4 Erich Fuchs 27 Germany GER
4 h1 r1/4 Miroslav Horčic 30 Czechoslovakia TCH
4 h2 r1/4 Raúl Mazorra 23 Cuba CUB
4 h3 r1/4 Hörður Haraldsson 22 Iceland ISL
4 h4 r1/4 Emad El-Din Shafei 20 Egypt EGY
4 h5 r1/4 Pauli Tavisalo 24 Finland FIN
4 h6 r1/4 Angel Gavrilov 24 Bulgaria BUL
4 h7 r1/4 Voitto Hellstén 20 Finland FIN
4 h8 r1/4 Issi Baran 24 Finland FIN
4 h9 r1/4 Zdeněk Pospíšil 27 Czechoslovakia TCH
4 h10r1/4 László Zarándi 23 Hungary HUN
4 h11r1/4 František Brož 23 Czechoslovakia TCH
4 h12r1/4 Karim Olowu 28 Nigeria NGR
5 h1 r1/4 Ásmundur Bjarnason 25 Iceland ISL
5 h2 r1/4 Robert Hutchinson 21 Canada CAN
5 h3 r1/4 Javier Souza 22 Mexico MEX
5 h4 r1/4 Guillermo Gutiérrez 25 Venezuela VEN
5 h5 r1/4 Tomás Paquete 28 Portugal POR
5 h6 r1/4 Juan Leiva 19 Venezuela VEN
5 h7 r1/4 George Acquaah 26 Ghana GHA
5 h8 r1/4 Fritz Griesser 23 Switzerland SUI
5 h9 r1/4 Edward Ajado 23 Nigeria NGR
5 h10r1/4 Pétur Sigurðsson 23 Iceland ISL
5 h11r1/4 Abdul Aziz 27 Pakistan PAK
6 h1 r1/4 Youssef Ali Omar 24 Egypt EGY
6 h2 r1/4 Masaji Tajima 23 Japan JPN
6 h3 r1/4 Stefanos Petrakis 27 Greece GRE
6 h4 r1/4 Boonterm Pakpuang 31 Thailand THA
6 h5 r1/4 Walter Sutton 19 Canada CAN
6 h7 r1/4 Mariano Acosta 22 Argentina ARG
6 h9 r1/4 Fawzi Chaaban 21 Egypt EGY
6 h10r1/4 Aroon Sankosik 27 Thailand THA
6 h11r1/4 Rui Maia 26 Portugal POR
7 h1 r1/4 José Julio Barillas 20 Guatemala GUA
7 h2 r1/4 Adulya Vanastit 21 Thailand THA
7 h7 r1/4 Wolfgango Montanari 21 Italy ITA
AC h9 r1/4 Enrique Beckles 24 Argentina ARG